Night Shift to Launch Riverfront Beer Garden on Boston’s Esplanade in Partnership with the Esplanade Association

City’s First Waterfront Beer Garden slated to open in Late July or Early August 2018 July 17, 2018 – Boston, MA – The Esplanade Association ( today announced a new partnership with Everett-based Night Shift Brewing, Night Shift Distributing and Night Shift Events to open the Owl’s Nest: The Esplanade Beer Garden. The newest addition […]

Testimony re: Docket #0591 (Hearing Order to Discuss and Assess the Amount and Quality of Tree Coverage in the City of Boston)

My name is Michael Nichols and I am Executive Director of the Esplanade Association in Boston and also a resident of the Audubon Circle neighborhood here in the city. I wish to thank Councilor Pressley for her timely hearing order on this subject, Chairman O’Malley for calling this hearing, and each member of the Council […]

Esplanade Association Announces GroundBeat: The Esplanade’s Free Riverfront Music Series

Inaugural series will feature stunning riverfront views and a slate of local performing arts organizations in ‘off-Hatch Shell’ locations spread throughout the 3.1-mile-long park May 24, 2018 – Boston, MA – The Esplanade Association ( is thrilled to announce GroundBeat: The Esplanade’s Free Riverfront Music Series of diverse, carefully-curated, intimate musical performances, which kicks-off on June […]

Esplanade Association Announces Major Expansion of Esplanade 5K Thanks to Presenting Sponsorship of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Up to 1,000 racers expected to run the riverfront paths of the Charles River Esplanade in support of the park non-profit (May 9, 2018) Boston, MA –  Boston’s most popular running route will see even more foot-traffic than usual at the Esplanade 5K Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ( on Sunday, May […]


Considering Boston’s frigid winter days, it may be tempting to stay inside until the snow starts to melt. Do so, and you’ll miss seeing the Esplanade during a special time of year. There’s something especially beautiful about the fields and gardens draped in snow, and ice glittering on the rocks at the banks of the […]

Boston’s Esplanade Association Announces Immediate Rule Changes to Ban Philadelphia-Themed Products from the Esplanade

Boston’s Esplanade Association Announces Immediate Rule Changes to Ban Philadelphia-Themed Products from the Esplanade New rules in effect until Duck Boats return to Boston’s streets after Superbowl LII FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (JANUARY 23, 2017) – BOSTON, MA – The Esplanade Association (, nonprofit stewards of the 64-acre Charles River Esplanade in Boston, has enacted the […]

Rare Bald Eagle Seen on Charles River Esplanade

Rare Bald Eagle Seen on Charles River Esplanade Winged Park Visitor One of Estimated 70,000 Remaining Bald Eagles in North America BOSTON – On a recent morning, while removing debris after a winter storm, a staff member of the nonprofit Esplanade Association observed and photographed a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) on the Charles River Esplanade. […]

Esplanade 2017 Year in Review

2017 was an amazing year for the Charles River Esplanade, as well the Esplanade Association! With your support, we continued to grow our capacity to revitalize and enhance the Esplanade, preserve natural green space, and build community in the Park.

The numbers speak for themselves:

Esplanade Tree Pruning Work to Start Tuesday, December 19

Have you ever noticed downed tree limbs after a big storm? Strong winds and heavy rain/snow can damage trees, especially those that are older or structurally weak. An essential way to keep trees healthy and safe for Park users is pruning! Through a collaborative process involving the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Esplanade […]

Esplanade Association Names Michael Nichols Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (NOVEMBER 9, 2017) – BOSTON, MA – The Board of Directors for the non-profit Esplanade Association ( today announced the unanimous selection of Michael J. Nichols, of Boston, as the organization’s Executive Director. Nichols, an experienced public servant, attorney, and non-profit professional will begin at the Esplanade Association on November 29. Nichols joins […]